cPanel Web Hosting Explained
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you growing confused? We certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ hosting CP sections to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...